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sallyj


Oct 26, 2007, 1:09 AM
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Tasmania's Totem Pole collapses into sea.
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Yesterday afternoon, I was at Cape Hauy ( Location of the now world famous Totem Pole ) . Two young Californians, Peter Drummond & Casey Giles , were standing on the big belay ledge at the top of the first pitch, when I heard a LOUD !!! cracking sound. I turn around just as the top 40 odd metres of the Totem Pole began to fall over and crash spectacularly into the chasm , between Cape Hauy and the Candle Stick .

From my view point on top of the cape , I saw a mass of sea spray and pulverised rock dust billowing evertwhere.

I thought the two guys must be dead for sure .

However , before long, I was much relieved to hear my two new friends yelling that they were OK .

Amazingly, their trail rope was still intact, between the cape and the ledge, since the top half of the Tote had fallen/collapsed towards the south, and not against the cape.

After finally retreating to my position on the cape , we all survey the chaos below !!! A stub of rock sticking up about 20 metres above the kelp is all that remains !!!

Feeling lucky to be alive, and being towards the end of their world climbing tour, anyway, Peter and Casey decided to fly out to the States ASAP , to appreciate family and friends again , before heading over to Hawii to watch the Pipeline Masters in December.

R.I.P. The Totem Pole !!!


Sally Jamison.


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.......... hmmmm, troll.......????

time will tell....


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sallyj


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I have my mum's Canon SLR, so I can post some pics once I scan the slides.


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sallyj wrote:
I have my mum's Canon SLR, so I can post some pics once I scan the slides.
That would be sweet!


jonoj


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That must have been a spectacular sight!!! Shocked

Amazed, and glad to hear that the guys weren't harmed at all!


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sallyj


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Yes. The Free Route, 25/5.11d, 1995, USE TO !! go up the left arete (above them) and the original , aid M6/A3+ , 1960's, went up the right arete.


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Oct 26, 2007, 5:42 AM
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That is kinda sad... the Totem Pole is one of those formations that inspired me to climb. I was hoping to get on it some day


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wow. im glad they werent hurt.


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WOW Shocked

Thanks for posting this, Sally.

Glad to hear Peter and Casey are okay. Talk about dodging a bullet.


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Oct 26, 2007, 6:46 AM
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I have no reason to think this isn't for real, but... is this for real? Shocked


rockhound71


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http://www.parks.tas.gov.au/index.php

You would think there would be some news here, if it was true...I'm hoping it's not!!!


rhythm164


Oct 26, 2007, 7:08 AM
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Damn, that's amazing, and Dean Potter didn't even free solo it Wink. In all seriousness, glad to hear your friends are ok, looking forward to seeing the post-collapse pics. Too bad though, it was a pretty iconic formation.


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I agree with all the comments here!

Glad every one is OK.
It's a shame too have lost such a climbing icon.

Also it's a shame we have to ask is this for real. It's not April 1st.


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please post pics


marc801


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mheyman wrote:
Also it's a shame we have to ask is this for real. It's not April 1st.
It may not be April 1st, but the UKClimbing forum seems to think it's a troll:
http://www.ukc2.com/forums/t.php?n=268243

From the first post in that thread:
We dumped the Totem Pole thread down the chat room if you want to view it and we banned the person who started it.

Topic - BULLSHIT: Tasmania's Totem Pole collapses into sea.

Thank you for everyone's help to cut this one in the bud.



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j_ung wrote:
I have no reason to think this isn't for real, but... is this for real? Shocked

Good catch, Jay.

I took it hook, line and sinker. Blush

This site used to have such trollery on a regular basis. Definitely made for some interesting threads.


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Oct 26, 2007, 9:44 AM
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Bravo!

T6

The "loud cracking sound" was a bit over-cooked but I thought on the whole it had a nice air of legitimacy.


midwestishell


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So is this really crap or is there a thread of truth to it? Who the hell is this Sally SOB and where has the he-she gone now that this discussion is coming up? I good troll would have kept the discussion going with some photo-shopped pics or something.

If Sally doesn't show lets ban her too just like the Brits did!

Th


xtremst80


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I just called a buddy in Australia, and he has heard nothing about it.....You would think something like that would of been on the local news???


sallyj


Oct 26, 2007, 10:12 AM
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It's not a troll !!!

http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.html?topic_id=472262

Those poms on UKClimbing are such cynics !!!

No wonder the yanks had to save them in two world wars !!!


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Azure


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truello wrote:
That is kinda sad... the Totem Pole is one of those formations that inspired me to climb. I was hoping to get on it some day

Go get on it!!!


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Oct 26, 2007, 10:18 AM
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xtremst80 wrote:
I just called a buddy in Australia, and he has heard nothing about it.....You would think something like that would of been on the local news???

Why would the collapse of a rock formation make the news? Especially somewhere as remote as Tasmania? Is the totem pole considered a major tourist attraction for non-climbers?


sallyj


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You CAN go get on it !!! The 1st pitch is still intact . Take your scuba gear for the 2nd pitch ...


xtremst80


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knieveltech wrote:
xtremst80 wrote:
I just called a buddy in Australia, and he has heard nothing about it.....You would think something like that would of been on the local news???

Why would the collapse of a rock formation make the news? Especially somewhere as remote as Tasmania? Is the totem pole considered a major tourist attraction for non-climbers?

Yes it is a big tourist attraction.

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